~Teen suicide is becoming more and more common among today's society.
~Many of the risk factors that are common in teenagers can lead to suicide.
~Suicide is very dangerous because it is irreversible; there's no coming back from it.
~3rd leading cause of death behind accidents and homicide (15 to 24 years old)
~4th leading cause for 10 to 14 years old
~19.3% of high school students have seriously considered killing themselves
"Effective suicide and violence prevention is integrated with supportive mental health services, engages the entire school community, and is imbedded in a positive school climate."
"Recent studies indicate that those who have attempted suicide may also have low levels of the brain chemical serotonin. Serotonin helps control impulsivity, and low levels of the brain chemical are thought to cause more impulsive behavior."
Teen Suicide Warning Signs
In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Seek help with parents, friends, counselors or anybody you trust
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"NAMI - The National Alliance on Mental Illness." NAMI. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Dec. 2014.
Bratsis, Michael E. "Preventing teen suicide." The Science Teacher 81.6 (2014): 14. Science in Context. Web. 3 Dec. 2014.
~Know the risk factors and warning signs
~Create a safe environment
~Establish trustworthy relationships with teens